Great tunes & crazy cocktails
3/8 Phayathai Road, Victory Monument
T: (02) 246 5472
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With a weekly schedule of rotating jazz, funk, big band, reggae and blues, this rarest-of-venues features two to three sets a night.
For locals into Bangkok's burgeoning live music scene, Bangkok's Saxophone Bar is an institution.
The famous jazz and blues pub first opened in 1987 and has won many accolades since then for the live music. Its foreigner friendly vibe and ease of access (it is but a short walk from the skytrain) have made a perennial favourite among tourists who like a bit of solid music in a comfortable setting.
The bar decor appears to be a chain restaurant gone wrong, but it's actually quite charming inside. Also, they have ice in their urinals, something that never fails to impress your correspondent. The food can be hit and miss, but no one really comes here for the food — it's for the fantastic music. Check their website for the weekly list of sets.
The bar is also known for its drinks, but they are not cheap and you might want to have a street side beer or two before your set. On the other hand, they do have a staggeringly extensive (over 100 options) cocktail list, directly from 1982, when Technicolor layered drinks were all the rage.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 23rd July, 2016.